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Porsche Building EV Charging Networks in U.S.

Porsche is going after Tesla in a big way, but not how you might think. The company knows that fast electric cars alone won’t push Tesla out of the game. Part of Tesla’s advantage stems from a Supercharger network that gives drivers the confidence to drive long distances. To that end, Porsche’s North American chief Klaus Zellmer has just revealed that his company is planning to complete a network of 500 fast charging stations in the US by the end of 2019.

About 189 of those stations will reside at dealerships, while the rest will be located along highways. And because Porsche’s system charges the Porsche Mission E to 80% capacity in less than 20 minutes, you might only need a brief pit stop to be on your way. Tesla has had 443 Superchargers in the US as of November 2017.

Porsche Fast Charging Stations- 500 coming to US by 2019

Zellmer noted that it’s pretty certain these chargers will cost money. Porsche hasn’t sorted out the business model, says Zellmer, but it’s not necessarily locked to a pay-per-charge model. You could have a membership card, for instance, or an all-inclusive package. Dealerships might also offer free charging to attract new customers. In the long run, Porsche is also looking at chargers near the places you’d expect to find Porsches, such as golf courses and hotels. These bonus locations wouldn’t need to have fast charging, though.

Porsche Fast Charging Stations

Also according to Zellmer, the charger arrays will be expensive to the tune of a six figure cost to dealers, but Porsche isn’t going into this alone as it has three potential partners in mind for building the non-dealership locations including VW’s Electrify America, EVgo and ChargePoint.

Porsche Fast Charging Stations

This news is a mixed bag for the automotive world. EV charging is already complicated due to a mix of formats and speeds, and this risks creating a future where your choice of car frequently limits where you recharge your EV vehicle. Even so, it’s hard to not get excited about a charging network that soon will offer only fast charging.

Porsche Fast Charging Stations

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David Novakhttps://www.gadgetgram.com
For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology.His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show.His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.
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